Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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2. Þorleikr fagri, Flokkr about Sveinn Úlfsson, 3 [Vol. 2, 315-16]

[6] fagrdrifin steini ‘beautifully covered with colour’: Ships could be adorned with painted pictures (see Jesch 2001a, 144, 158; Steinn Óldr 13/2). See also the description in Encomium Emmae Reginae of Sveinn tjúguskegg’s fleet setting out to conquer England (Campbell 1998, 4, 4, pp. 12-13): Sed quid nunc tibi latera carinarum memorem, non modo ornatitiis depicta coloribus, uerum etiam aureis argenteisque aspera signis ‘But why should I now dwell upon the sides of the ships, which were not only painted with ornate colours, but were covered with gold and silver figures’.


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